So… Spring is in the air, the dogs have marked the change of season by releasing tumbleweeds of fur in all corners of the house, and my pants are a wee bit tighter than they were in October indicating that weight loss might be in order. I appear to have put on a few pounds (10 or 11, but who’s counting?)

There is a saying that goes, “If your dog is overweight, you’re not getting enough exercise” Click To Tweet

Conversely, if you’ve put on a few pounds during hibernation season, it’s safe to say that your pups might not have gotten all the walks they might have needed this past winter. Just sayin’.

I get it… cold, wet winter days are not exactly walk-inspiring and while I tried to exercise Simon, Zora and Piper’s minds with special training sessions, treat hunts and other distractions on the really bad days, nothing is a real substitute for regular daily exercise.

I’m fortunate to live in beautiful, sunny Colorado. We get an average of 330 days of sunshine every year so I have a very few excuses for not getting everyone outside most days…

Not including the day I started writing this post. This is what was happening outside my kitchen window… so, you can see how a walk was NOT happening that day 😉

 

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I am not exactly thrilled…

 

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My greatest challenge is that I have never been able to walk my dogs together at the same time. (And, perhaps my comfort food choices of cheese popcorn and chocolate mousse were ill advised but that’s for another post) Zora is fine on leash and easy to walk, though admittedly, I have allowed her a little too much leeway in her senior years as she is now pulling a bit more than she used to. At almost 13, she prefers the leisurely stroll but has become a bit stubborn when it comes to getting where she wants to go or stopping to smell something (everything!). Simon, who is nine, has always SUCKED on leash. We’ve worked for years on leash manners and things have definitely improved but his leash reactivity with other dogs has meant that he really needs all of my attention on walks. And, then there is Piper. Still a puppy at 17 months, she’s got some learning to do and if I try to walk Simon or Zora at the same time, Piper becomes a bit of a whirling dervish on the end of the leash. 

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Out for a “stroll” with Piper (before her injury)

 

Walking three dogs separately at least twice a day is rather time consuming (or, it would be if I was actually doing it) and, admittedly, I let the winter weather derail many a walk and, honestly,  I have been in a bit of denial about my true role in how my dogs behave on leash (so much more to come on this in future posts) so I have recommitted myself to the daily walks and Simon and I just finished a leash reactivity class at Longmont Humane Society. Unfortunately, Miss Piper is sporting a leg brace while healing an injury, so we can only do short walking sessions for the next six weeks.

 

 

Yesterday, I got to learn and practice some necessary skills needed to emulate my hero, Angela Adan  from Deserving Dogs and I actually walked all three of my dogs together …at the same time… Seriously, this is BIG!)

Now, I need to practice what Angela taught me!

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Walking the whole pack…all at once… HUGE!

To that end, I am launching the TOTALLY FREE Healthy Dog, Healthy You Challenge & Giveaway.

Join me on this 30 day walk the dog challenge in an effort to master the daily walk, get you and your dogs back in shape and support one another while we do it. (This is a tad bit selfish on my part because I need some accountability with this.)

Together, we can get back in shape, keep our dogs healthy, work on mastering the walk and have a ton of fun! Seriously, some incredible sponsors have signed up to sponsor the challenge! Not only will the first 10 folks to sign up receive a special prize but three lucky challenge participants will be randomly selected to receive an incredible prize package!

 

Check out the challenge details & giveaway!

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  1. Tenacious Little Terrier April 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    We signed up! We walk Mr. N every day but he could use longer walks!

    • SimonDawg April 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      I’m so happy to have you and Mr. N participating 🙂

  2. Nichole April 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Just what we need! Joined!

    • SimonDawg April 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Happy to have you on board 🙂

  3. Maureen April 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I live in Denver too. I joined the challenge – looking forward to it. Great idea!

    • SimonDawg April 23, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      I didn’t know you were so close. That’s awesome! We may even do a couple of group walks for folks in the Boulder/Denver area 🙂

  4. Ava at Savvy Pet Care April 23, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

    What a great idea. Sorry I don’t have a dog to walk so I can join!

    • SimonDawg April 23, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      You can borrow one of mine 😉 Seriously, if you want to participate feel free to borrow a friend’s dog or maybe a shelter dog? We’d love to have you 🙂

  5. WherePetsAreFound April 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I’m in! Confirmed my subscription, waiting for the next instalment!
    Looking forward to it, Annette & #Finndawg

    • SimonDawg April 23, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Yay! I’m so excited that you and #Finndawg will be joining the challenge! Should be tons of fun! 🙂

  6. PawesomeCats (@pawesomecats) April 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Great post and great idea. I walk the cats around the garden every weekend – they love it.

    • SimonDawg April 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks! My parents had a cat who LOVED walking around the neighborhood on a leash!

  7. christycaplan (@christycaplan) April 23, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I’m signed up! I also walk my three dogs separately 3X a day! One old dog and two reactive dogs so it is what it is and this challenge is right up my alley!

    • SimonDawg April 24, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Christy, we will have to support one another through this challenge. My dogs are 13, 9ish and 17 months. The nine year old can be leash reactive with other dogs and if I try to walk him and the puppy together, the puppy starts getting reactive…we have a lot of work to do 😉

  8. Robin April 23, 2016 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I wish my cats liked to walk! It would be fun to have a partner on my walks. This sounds like a great challenge. We could all use to get out there and walk a bit. Fresh air and sunshine are great natural ways to increase health!

    • SimonDawg April 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      As I said to someone else, you can always borrow one of my three dogs for the challenge 😉

  9. TheDogTrainingLady April 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Well, I have no excuses! Living in the Sunshine State of Florida we do walk everyday. Mary is pretty easy as she is now 13 and really closing in on 14 they are leisurely walks. I let her stop to sniff so she can enjoy herself.

    Oh wait, I do have an excuse…. we are about to hit summer where it is 75 degrees when you get up at the crack of dawn oh and the humidity is at 95% – who the heck wants to walk in that! Not even the dog. We will however, trudge through the next 9 months of this weather. Maybe we’ll get some sweat equity weight loss BOL!

    • SimonDawg April 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      I hear you – hot and humid does not make for delightful dog walking 😉 It gets really hot (though dry) here in the summer and I do try to get out as early as possible in the day. My 13-year old Zora has malignant hyperthermia and is unable to regulate her own body temperature so she can overheat really easily.

      I have two goals for the challenge – lose a little weight and successfully walk all three of my dogs together at the same time as I have only done so one time with the help of Angela Adan from Deserving Dogs.

  10. Three Chatty Cats April 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is an awesome idea! What a great motivation to get healthy (or healthier). We would love to walk our dog on longer walks, but he’s getting up there in age and is quite over his walk by the end of it. 🙂

    • SimonDawg April 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I’m really excited for this! We’d love to have you along for the challenge. There are no requirements about the duration or distance for the daily walks 🙂

  11. maryehaight April 24, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Great timing — so many need a challenge after Winter doldrums, and your giveaways look terrific! How excellent that you’re getting a handle on walking all three dogs at once — you’re right, it’s way too time-consuming doing that one dog at a time if it’s not necessary. I’ll be looking forward to see how your practices go =)

    • SimonDawg April 24, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the positive feedback! I’m really excited on all counts. I love the sponsors and the idea of everyone supporting one another during the challenge. 🙂

  12. MattieDog April 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    We signed up – and more important, we thank you for sharing this important news!!!

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Yay! So happy to have you along for the challenge! Should be fun AND good for us 😉

  13. sadieandco April 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    OUCH! Truth hurts! Henry is a bit ‘pudgy’. Okay, we’re in.

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Ha! I hear you. Zora has a nice little post winter “waddle” going on…but then again, so do I 😉 Glad you are joining in the fun!

  14. Carol Bryant April 24, 2016 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I love that you are doing this! What a fab idea. It is so interesting the connection between obesity of pet parent and pet!

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Thanks! I’m excited and I really hope everyone has fun joining in the challenge. My personal goal is to drop a few pounds and to master walking all three of my dogs at the same time.

  15. Kia April 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    What a great challenge and the perfect way to stay fit.

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Thanks, Kia! In my case it’s more like “getting fit” 😉 Hope you can join us for the challenge!

  16. FiveSibesMom April 24, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    This is such a wonderful challenge! With Huskies, I’d normally be in, but I’m heading toward a hip replacement so it’s limited walking for me. But I’d love to follow along and see how everyone is doing! So exciting!

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Yikes! Hope the hip replacement goes well and you have an easy recovery. Please do follow along! 🙂

  17. Sweet Purrfections April 24, 2016 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    I need to start going over to my mom’s house and walk her dog.

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Definitely borrow your mom’s dog or the neighbor’s dog. We’d love to have you along for the challenge. Of course if you think Truffle or Brulee would be up for the challenge, cats are totally welcome 🙂

  18. Fur Everywhere April 25, 2016 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Whoa – if you can’t walk your dogs together, that means six walks a day! Lots of exercise for you 🙂 I live in Colorado, too, and I’d offer to help, but it looks like you live pretty far away. I miss walking with my friend’s dog – it was always a fun time.

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

      You would think I’d be in phenomenal shape 😉 Not so much.

      I just had the opportunity to work with the incredible Angela Adan so there is hope that by the end of the challenge, I will be able to walk all three together…or at least two 😉

      Yay for Colorado pet bloggers! You are totally welcome to come borrow any of my three for a walk anytime! I’m in Boulder. Where are you?

  19. Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady April 25, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Ohhh, super cool!!!

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks! Hope you can join in the challenge 🙂

  20. Erin Clifford April 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    So true! I know that when my dog is getting anxious inside that I have not had her out long enough for walks and am neglecting my own health!

    • SimonDawg April 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      It is so connected, isn’t it? Hopefully we can all support one another during this challenge in getting ourselves and our dogs feeling great!

  21. Jennifer Todd April 29, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    I have an 11yr old Staff and a new 1 n 1/2 year old rat terrier mix. It was a core to introduce them, but walking has saved us all! I love this idea and will do our best to complete this challenge.

    • SimonDawg April 30, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Hi Jennifer! Excited to have you joining the challenge. Make sure you join the Facebook Challenge group for support, motivation, tips and extra chances to enter the giveaway 🙂

  22. COrey May 21, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

    2mth supply of @earthrated poop bags!! The best! YES PLEASE! #walkthedog #sarcasticdog #dogwalking @sarcasticdawg

    • SimonDawg May 24, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      We started using Earth Rated poop bags before I ever started blogging and they are, by far, my favorite poop bag on the market!

  23. Farrah Negrin May 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    #walkthedog #sarcasticdog #ruffwear

    Moose and I LOVE all of our Ruffwear gear! We use the hands-free leashes almost every day! We would love to win any of their products in the giveaway!

    @Ruffwear

    • SimonDawg May 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Farrah! We too love us some Ruff Wear gear! We’ve got a harness, two different coats and a leash so far and I think Ruff Wear has the best customer service around!

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